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HMC sharing circle Endowment fund needs you!

The HMC sharing circle endowment fund is making a difference and this is my annual invitation to ask you to consider adding this fund to your list of giving. I understand that there are many worthy causes in our community asking for your financial support and at some point you said yes because someone asked.…

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How do you measure success?

The other day I was asked if Happy Monkey Club was successful by an older gentleman. I paused for a split second pondering how to answer the question and then I answered true to my own values and beliefs. My split second delay was based on societies perception of success and the one the media…

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Sharing your strengths

We all have strengths and we all have things we just don’t care to do. You can call them weaknesses, but I prefer to identify them as things that don’t give me energy. Some of us are great organizers, some of us like to be the doers, some love to cook and some love to…

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Thank you for being you

Happy Thanks giving everyone. I trust you have all had a wonderful weekend full of family, friends, sleep ins and of course a bonus day off. Perhaps kids returned home from school, parents arrived from out of town, friends made the extra effort to drop by and just say hello. It is a weekend to…

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Lessons learned from Dragon Boating

As another Dragon Boat Festival comes to a close, I am filled with pride and gratitude. 44 monkeys paddled their hearts out, danced, laughed and continued to fundraise right till the last minute to become the top fundraising boat in the festival. It was a grass roots approach that started in the spring with a…

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Won’t you be my neighbor?

Mr Rogers’ Neighborhood was an iconic show produced back in the 60’s and was the longest running children’s show until it was surpassed by Sesame Street in 2002. I remember as a teenager having friends make fun of the simplicity and goofiness of Fred Rogers the host and producer of the show. We weren’t alone,…

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Fall into healthy living

Summer 2018 has been one of the best ever. The weather has been amazing, time with family and friends is cherished and a break from the daily routine is always welcome. However, with all that socializing sometimes we don’t make the best choices. Too much sitting and relaxing, snacks and “refreshments” 24/7 and late nights…

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Gratitude can make you happier

Did you know that simply writing down three things you are grateful for everyday can improve your health and wellness? What a simple fix! When we focus on the the things we are grateful for we rewire our brains in a way that allows us to see the positive in any situation. In a world…

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Focus on women’s health

Why focus on women’s health? Men get sick too. Aren’t we all the same? On many levels yes, but on many others not so much. In addition to the differences between men and women much of the research that has been done over the last 50 years has targeted men in the sample groups or…

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Can you help?

Hey my Winnipeg Monkeys, I am reaching out on behalf of a friend working with Immigrant families here in Manitoba. We need your help. Here is the email I received: The other thing I wanted to ask is whether your community has anything to donate for a recent immigrant woman with a 13 year old…

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